Sin In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Why is it a Sin to Kill a Mockingbird The mockingbird sings to entertain the listener, it is also a symbol of peace. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird because it doesn't hurt anyone and is innocent. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Miss Maudie said, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 103). Harper Lee is using the mockingbird as a symbol of innocence. The characters of Tom Robinson, Jem and Scout, and Boo Radley are tied with the symbol of a mockingbird because they are innocent. Additionally, these characters…show more content…
He was accused of rape, but he was actually helping Miss Mayella because she looked like she needed help. It was not Tom who raped her, it was Bob Ewell who hurt Mayella.The reader knows this because she was acting fishy when Atticus asked the question “when he’s riled--has he ever beaten you?” (Lee 210). She acted suspiciously by looking around and pausing until the judge asked her to answer the question. This shows the reader that Miss Mayella was hesitant about answering because she wanted to say that her father did beat her, but did not want to lose the case. By understanding that Tom was kind to Miss Mayella and innocent of raping her because Bob Ewell hurt her, the reader knows that Tom is like a mockingbird. He was unjustly imprisoned and died, even though he only wanted to help Miss Mayella. He acted like how a mockingbird wants to sing just to provide happiness, therefore it is a sin to kill…show more content…
Just like a caged mockingbird, which innocently sings, Boo showed kindness toward Jem and Scout while he was locked away. Boo is a generous person in a weird way because he gives presents to Jem and Scout even though they disturbed him. Also, he saved Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell’s attack and was appreciated by Atticus, who said, “thank you for my children, Arthur.” (Lee 318). Boo Radley showed the reader the symbol of the mockingbird through his kind nature. In conclusion, the mockingbird is a symbol that repeats in the novel in the kindness and innocence of the characters of Tom Robinson, Jem and Scout, and Boo Radley. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird because of its innocence. Similarly, it should be a sin the way that Tom was unjustly imprisoned and died, Scout and Jem were assaulted for their father’s choices, and Boo Radley was kept away in his house even though he cares for his neighbours. Harper Lee shows the reader how the world is unfair and how innocent people are
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